CLASSIC KAYAMBA DANCE MASK LEGA D.R.C.
In good state and with very fine hand patina from long use. It dates to the 1920s.
Provenance: Ex – collection of Pierre Loos, Ambre Gallery, Brussels. Bought from there by H. Westerdijk in 1977.
From the Westerdijk family collection.
In contrast to all other types of Lega masks, which are clearly never used as dance masks worn in front of the face, this model was. The element best suited for identification of this rare type is the presence of a pair of horns on top of the head, making it into the portrait of an antelope. Tubulareyes, a long, slender nose, a small mouth, and a field of holes perforating the lower part of the face complete the design. Old examples of this model are rare. Not many used specimens have survived whereas modern copies abound. The species of antelope depicted is the duiker, a small kind of animal that lives in the tropical forest and around which many stories are told in which it is portrayed as both tricky and clever.
Literature : Valentine Plisnier and Michel Boulanger : L’art Lega ,Paris, 2016, pp. 157 -161.
Dimensions : 38 x 15 x 5 cm.
Region / People: The Lega live in the southern part of the Kivu Province of east-central D.R.C.
Material: hardwood of the Cordia family of trees.
Weight: 270 g
- Regione / Paese
- Repubblica Democratica del Congo
- Inizio XX secolo
- Buone condizioni
- Con supporto incluso
- 38×15×5 cm
- 270 g